Tuesday, December 15, 2009

First Grade Teacher Cuts Girls Hair

I have been reading about this on various forums/blogs since yesterday and I still can't believe it! Please watch the video.

This is a shortened video:

Longer version: (goes on to say they have been stressed about budget cuts)

Go watch/read the news story HERE!

"A Milwaukee teacher is charged with disorderly conduct after punishing a first-grader by cutting her hair.

Lamya Cammon is angry, confused, and scared by the incident last week in which the apparently frustrated teacher cut one of her braids off after she wouldn't stop playing with them in class.

Cammon, 7, sports a few dozen braids, but one is conspicuously absent.

"She told me to stop playing with it. Then cut it off and sent me back to my desk," Cammon said.

Cammon's a first-grader at Congress Elementary and said her teacher used a pair of classroom scissors to cut off one of the braids after she absent-mindedly kept playing with them.

"Tell me how you play with your hair. Show me what that means," 12 News reporter Nick Bohr said to Cammon.

"I wasn't playing with it that loud," Cammon said.

She said the teacher called her to the front of the room and cut it in front of the whole class.

"What did you do?" Bohr asked.

"I went to my desk and cried. And they was laughing," Cammon said. "She threw it away, and she said, 'Now what you gonna go home and say to your momma? ' And I said, 'That you cut off my hair,'" Cammon said."


This woman is STILL working at the school and only received a $175 fine for this assault! The little girl is in a different classroom however, she will still be seeing this teacher out in the hallways. Can you imagine that being you (7 years old) and how traumatized you would be?

I am very angry about this, to say the least.

So after chatting it up with some of the fab Curly Nikki ladies in the forum, a few of us are going to write the school. It may not change anything at all. However, I am very bothered by this, just sitting around talking about it won't do anything at all. Hopefully some of you join in as well.

This is the schools address:
Congress Elementary School
5225 West Lincoln Creek Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53218

This is the schools email address:

This is the school districts address:
Milwaukee Public Schools
5225 West Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208

What are your thoughts on this?


  1. Are you freaking kidding me?????!!!!??? I cannot beleive she got to keep her job! I don't know what I would do if that was my baby girl! That's how old my daughter is. I am appalled!!!

  2. I emailed that school. I wonder what the punishement would have been if a student cut off some a teacher's hair?

  3. I'm shocked and can't believe that she was only fined...for heaven's sake, she's just a child!!!

  4. I am a former first grade teacher/current substitute. Wow! Kids get under your nerves and some kids just make you plain crazy but the action and the words are so wrong. As teachers, we either speak words of life to kids or we don't. I try to remind myself that often. Words of life or not. There's not much middle ground. (And actions are the same.)

  5. I had a (subsitute) teacher pull my bangs once. After my mother came up to the school and had a meeting with the teacher and principal, the teacher was not allowed back at the school.
    This is a horrible and traumatic incidence and we can only hope that drastic measures will soon be taken.

  6. thank you for the info...I think I will write.

  7. I was very shocked when first hearing of this incident but my initial shock does not compare to the shock that came upon finding out she is STILL allowed to work at the school. I commend Lamya's mother for not becoming a complete maniac over this situation because the first thing I would've wanted to do would've had me in a jail cell... right now. I kid, I know better than fight stupidity w/ plain ignorance, especially where children are involved but it really would've taken the mighty strength of The Lord himself to help me keep my composure.
    Appreciate the information to contact/write my disapproval about all this.

    Love your site! Myself and my little cousins thank you and A for the tips & inspiration with styles.

  8. perhaps the teacher needs to have a psychological evaluation. i'm be afraid for the remaining children in her class. if she cuts a child's hair because she played with it, what else is she capable of doing to a child?

  9. I honestly don't think I could have been so composed if the same would have happened to my child. That poor child!! My significant other is sitting here getting upset at just the THOUGHT of it happening to our little girl. It would not have been a pretty site at that school, especially after the teacher got to keep her job.

    As Steve Harvey said, "I'm just not that good of Christian yet."

    So, so, so, very upsetting!!

  10. Oh my goodness, I am so pissed at this, I can't even type fast enough to say what is on my mind. I have been fuming for days!! I DON"T CARE WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE or what other factors were involved, that teacher had NO RIGHT to touch that kid. If we as parents are being limited on our discipline routine for our kids, what gives the teachers the right to discipline someone else's child and in that manner. I feel that was harrassment, abuse, battery etc whatever legal term they use for that and I think the teacher should go to jail!!!! Simple as that. If she can't handle the rigors of being a school teacher then her butt does not need to be in any class teaching. I am very upset and I just can't understand what would make someone, anyone, cut off a child's hair other than the teacher is ppsychologically disturbed.If that was my child, a fine would not cut it and I would take it higher. I mean come on, a pair of scissors?!!?!? I will be sending an email, thank you for the information!! Love your blog!!

  11. Pobrecita, that poor baby. Hmph, and the fact that the teacher is still permitted on premises!!!?!?!?!! Like what child doesn't idle sometime and play with their hair, or a bracelet, or a button idk... kids will be kids sometimes, goodness! As I see it, that's physical abuse and (not) sorry, there's no reason in the world as to why any teacher should lay their hands on any student in an abusive manner. Especially to "punish" them like that. That couldn't have been me. Teacher or not, don't touch my child.

  12. I've been thinking about this for a solid day now and still can't wrap my head around why she did it, why she hasn't been fired, why she is still allowed to teach, and why no charges were brought by the DA. WHY?

  13. Are you kidding me?? This is insane!! You expect children to do things, but the teachers are supposed to be on a different level. This sounds like something that a child would do. If you get that frustrated, then send the child out of the classroom to the Principal before you do something out of anger. GEESH!!

  14. I hate to say it but she needs to be fired. In a school setting they teach our kids to walk away and tell someone. If this was such a problem..why did she not send the girl to the office or on her break call the girls mother? She is suppose to be and set an example while at the school. To do this in front of students and then allow her to return is opening up doors for children to do the same exact thing or something much worser and feel they will only miss a few days of school. That was a weapon according to the schools "no weapon " policy. The same rules and even harsher ones should be used for the teachers. They give parents handbooks and papers to sign on conducts and codes. What about conducts/codes for teachers. To allow a child to get you that upset shows something is highly wrong with you.

    If that was a parent that did this in their own home to teach their own child a lesson and the school system found out about it, they will call DCFS and investigate you. Why has no one investigated this woman at her own home...how does she react to her own children if she has any that has gotten her this upset? Yes, there are parents that have boys who will cut their hair to teach them a lesson but they don't cut one braid they shave the entire head and not in front of others to humiliate them.

    To me she should be in jail for battery. She used a weapon on a child. What is this world coming tooooo?

  15. Ladies, I am RIGHT there with you. I WISH someone WOULD!!!!!! Yall know the rest! lol

    She did an interview with essence.com so you all can check that out if you want. She also talked to HSN, I am glad this is getting a lot of media attention and I have a feeling she IS going to take this further. I hope the teacher gets FIRED!

  16. I was angry about this because if that were my child...Let's just say I would see to it that she would not be able to teach again because it was uncalled for...She does not need to be working with kids. Period. Kids are always going to do something that could work your nerves if you let it and as a teacher it should not have been that serious for her to put her hands on someone else's child and CUT her hair! I was highly upset and I surely would have confronted the teacher about it. To me, that is a form of abuse and I don't care what anybody says because that little girl was not at the hair salon she was in the classroom doing something that most little girls do...Playing with her hair for god sake and the so-called teacher took it upon herself to embarass the child in front of her classmates and cut off her hair...Oh no...That could not have been my child! I could go on and on but I may just take the time to write the school as well because like you said...Nothing is going to be resolved if we just sit around and talk about it and don't put our words into action

  17. Couldn't be me. I would've called a meeting pinned her down to the damn desk and cut the teacher's hair!

  18. There are so many things wrong with this on so many levels. You do not have the right to cut my childs fingernails, much less her hair, unless you contact me, and probably not at that point.
    That is a part of her body, and if you're not allowed corporal punishment in your school (and you're not, or my child is not attending your school), you may not lay your hands on my child, EXCEPT(!!!) to pat her on the head or back and say "great job", or if there is an EMERGENCY. I don't know any mom who would have a problem if her hair had been caught in something dangerous and they couldn't get her free, so that it became a danger to her. This is the ONLY way you are allowed to touch my child.

  19. This is just rumbed me in the wrong way, ARE YOU FREAK KIDDING ME, if I was the mother OH My AMERICA would know me by name when they saw me. And that teacher GOD would have to personally come down and touch me so I wouldnt hurt her. I do not play when it comes to my child and especially their hand. Heck I went off on a teacher a few weeks ago for messing with a flower that I put in my childs hand in which the teacher wrapped her hair around it which mean it was tangled in the comb oh I was HOT. The teacher should not be working she shouldve got her license taking away. Whos to say that she wont do it again, if a child gets on your nerves to a point where you want to hurt them whether it is more mentally than physcially, you need to make a career change.

  20. I cant belive that the teacher did that to her!


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